Pakistan: The Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD) of Sindh Police claimed on Thursday that they had arrested a high-profile terrorist and foiled a major terror bid in the port city.
The suspected terrorist, Mohammad Ishaque aka Gul, was arrested by CTD and two suicide jackets were recovered from his possession. Two hand grenades were also recovered during the operation.
CTD Incharge Raja Umer Khattab claimed that the suspect reached Karachi from Afghanistan via Balochistan and Sindh.
“He was in Karachi for terrorist activity, and was a neighbour of Lashkar-e-Jhangvi leader Ameer Ataullah Rehman aka Naeem,” Khattab claimed.
A First Information Reports (FIR) was filed against the suspected terrorist on charges of murder, kidnapping for ransom and robbery.
“They were also involved in attacks on law enforcement agencies.”
According to sources talking to ITCT Newsdesk, Mohammad Ishaque belonged to the banned Jundallah group, which is allied with the Islamic State group. Faran Jeffery, ITCT Deputy Director and Head of South Asia desk, while taking to ITCT Newsdesk said that, “In the past, many militants from Lashkar-e-Jhangvi had joined Islamic State. Some of them have also maintained contact with their former colleagues in Lashkar-e-Jhangvi. Jundallah was allied with Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) before it pledged allegiance to the Islamic State in 2014. It doesn’t come as a surprise to me that Ishaque was a neighbour of the LeJ leader Ataullah Rehman.”
Ishaque, after reportedly escaping from a police encounter in 2008, went into hiding in Afghanistan.